About The Deathsniffer’s Assistant

After losing his parents in the Floating Castle Incident, the sensitive and mannered Chris Buckley has spent six years raising his magically talented little sister, Rosemary, on the savings that his once-wealthy family left behind. But that money is drying up, and Chris finds himself with no choice but to seek out work in Darrington City as it spirals into a depression. The only employer willing to consider his empty résumé is Olivia Faraday, the manic Deathsniffer. Olivia’s special magical gift gives her a heightened intuition which makes her invaluable in hunting down murderers.

When a Duchess of the mysterious Old Blooded Nobility calls on Olivia to solve the mystery of her dead husband, Chris finds himself tangled in Olivia Faraday’s daily life and unable to extract himself from the macabre questions of the investigation. His involvement grows more complicated as political forces in Darrington close around Rosemary, seeing her as a tool that can be used to end the depression at the cost of her freedom—or even her life. Chris must juggle the question of who killed Viktor val Daren with the responsibility of keeping Rosemary and her magic safe from those who would use her up and toss her aside. Worst of all, he begins to learn that the national disaster that took his parents’ lives may not have been the accident it seemed.

Set in a world very similar to 1900s London, The Deathsniffer’s Assistant combines the investigative murder mystery with a tale of personal and societal redemption. It is about the relationships between broken people who clash more often than not, but manage to shape and learn from one another in spite of this. The story is told from the perspective of Christopher Buckley, young and impressionable and influenced by the prejudices of his time, as he finds himself surrounded by a cast of exceptional women whose differing characters will slowly reconstruct his understanding of strength in others—and in himself.

Reviews for The Deathsniffer’s Assistant

I'm not sure I like Olivia. She's described as "manic" in the summary, but she is so volatile and can veer from downright rude to entirely sweet and saccharine. It's more that she operates under her own set of rules, and other people may orbit her or intersect her path at times. She is at least aware of her emotional limitations, even if she doesn't see the point in changing them. Chris is much easier to connect to, especially as he struggles to keep his sister safe from the government who would use her for her power. I like [...]

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Incredible Worldbuilding. Extremely dangerous “elementals” are used to power everything from toilets to lamps. The world is revealed naturally, and I want to see so much more, especially since this elementally-powered system is falling into decline (and it’s starting to get people killed). Also, all of this world’s people have some innate magical talent, which is categorized at age nineteen and used to place them in society.
Unique Genre. This book is what would happen if you took the multiple worlds depicted within the His Dark Materials trilogy (e.g. The Golden Compass) and [...]

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The Deathsniffer's Assistant (The Faraday Files #1) by Kate McIntyre is a fantasy and a mystery in one. It is a unique book with a fun setting, and town, magic, people like no other. It draws you in and is totally fascinating. The murder mystery gets more and more complicated and soon there is more and more twists and turns! Just when you think you might have it figured out, you don't! The characters are very different, well developed, and intriguing. The plot very complex and wonderful. Suspense, fantasy, magic, the unique world, characters, and mystery make this book really [...]

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Christopher’s character felt a bit overshadowed by Olivia Faraday. This is because of her iron-clad will and propensity to be direct to the point of being considered rude and unconventional. I connected with her because I saw a bit of myself in her.
The magical system was very well crafted and original. There are various mythical creatures as well as magically gifted human with varying abilities. The creatures’ abilities are used to power machinery, lights, and even transports.
The murder mystery and its solving was also very well thought out and executed. [...]

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